Birds Australia North Queensland

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Report of Birds Australia North Queensland Outing July 29th 2007 to southern Atherton Tablelands

What a magic day! Glorious weather great company and the birding was fantastic.

The list below is my list of the day from when I picked up my new friends Celeste and John until I dropped them off in Yungaburra. it shows 96 species seen and another 10 heard. I must point out that it was not a vigorous day of mad twitching but a relaxed journey and stroll through some beautiful high altitude rainforest, tall wet sclerophyll forest and some eucalypt woodland. Of course there was open farming country as well.

Four members and two guests travelled in two cars making for a compact, sociable group. The list of apologies was as long as those attending.

From Yungaburra we drove via Bromfield Swamp. Here we saw both species of cranes and a Collared Sparrowhawk. Before reaching the meeting place at Mt Hypipamee we added Crimson Rosella to an expanding list.

Grey-headed Robins and Brush-turkeys greeted us in the picnic area and a Golden Bowerbird shone overhead. A surprise here was two young Square-tailed Kites.

After a walk to the crater we moved to some high altitude forest with emergent Blue Kauri. The highlights here were Mountain Thornbill and a male Grey Goshawk which posed on and exposed branch.

Heading south we added more rainforest and eucalypt species to the list. Lunch was eaten in Ravenshoe.

At Kaban we visited a farm dame and the state forest. An adult square-tailed Kite circled us and the nearby trees for about ten minutes. White-bellied Sea-Eagles had two well developed young in the nest and the dad came in while we were not watching.

One of the most remarkable things of the day was the quality of the sightings. The birds were close and cooperative. An exception to this was the Little Lorikeets which stayed hidden except for dashing raids across our field of view and sometime only heard. Identification was made only because they were so small and there was the absence of any warm colour under the wing.

Back in Yungaburra as we were shifting items between cars a pair of Pacific Bazas was seen as they searched a tree for tucker. One was observed to eat a green tree frog. Fourteen raptors, what a great day!

Leader: Alan Gillanders».

Pacific Baza. Courtesy Ian Montgomery, Birdway».

Atherton Tablelands Birdlist, July 29th 2007

Australian Brush-turkey
Black Swan
Australian Wood Duck
Cotton Pygmy-goose
Pacific Black Duck
Hardhead
Australasian Grebe
Darter
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
White-faced Heron
Cattle Egret
Great Egret
Intermediate Egret
Nankeen Night Heron
Australian White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Pacific Baza
Black-shouldered Kite
Square-tailed Kite
Black Kite
Whistling Kite
White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Spotted Harrier
Swamp Harrier
Brown Goshawk
Grey Goshawk
Collared Sparrowhawk
Brown Falcon
Nankeen Kestrel
Sarus Crane

Brolga
Buff-banded Rail
Large-Billed Scrubwren
Brown Gerygone
Mountain Thornbill
Noisy Friarbird
Noisy Miner Purple Swamphen
Masked Lapwing
Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon)
White-headed Pigeon
Spotted Turtle-Dove
Brown Cuckoo-Dove
Emerald Dove
Crested Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Bar-shouldered Dove
Topknot Pigeon
Rainbow Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Little Lorikeet Australian
King Parrot
Crimson Rosella
Pale-headed Rosella
Brush Cuckoo
White-rumped Swiflet
Laughing Kookaburra
Forest Kingfisher
White-throated Treecreeper
Brown Treecreeper
Red-backed Fairy-Wren
Striated Pardalote
Australian Fernwren

Lewin's Honeyeater
Bridled Honeyeater *
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Fuscous Honeyeater
Eastern Spinebill
Brown Honeyeater
Pale-yellow Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin
Grey-headed Robin
Rufous Whistler
Magpie-lark
Grey Fantail
Willie Wagtail
Black-faced Cuckoo-Shrike
White-bellied Cuckoo-Shrike
Varied Triller
Grey Butcherbird
Pied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Pied Currawong
Torresian Crow
Spotted Catbird
Golden Bowerbird
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
Red-browed Finch
Mistletoe Bird
Welcome Swallow
Fairy Martin
Richard's Pipit
Tawny Grassbird
Common Myna

Heard Only

Orange-Footed Scrub Fowl
Australian King Parrot
Orange-Footed Scrub Fowl
Australian King Parrot
Scarlet Honeyeater
Victoria's Riflebird
Chowchilla
Eastern Whipbird
Olive-Backed Oriole
Golden-headed Cisticola